Nissanâ€™s GT-R Godzilla has finally reached European shores. The 7min 38sec NÃ¼rburgring missile will start at just over Â£50,000 in the UK.
It’s all happening at Geneva as manufacturers are vying for centre stage. Big news for Nissan is the European launch of its luxury brand Infiniti. Trouble is, even though Nissan launched the GT-R to the global public at last years Tokyo motorshow, the car is still creating a stir wherever it goes and Nissan may run the risk of stealing the limelight from Infiniti on its GT-R European Geneva launch.
Today Nissan confirmed pricing and specifications for UK vehicles. £52,900 will get you into one of the fastest and most practical Supercars on the planet. £52,900 doesn’t sound much in isolation considering the cars performance but when you realise Nissan Japan charge somewhere in the region of £35,000 you have to question, why the huge jump? Nevertheless you can still out-race your Porsche 911 Turbo adversary to the bank to deposit the massive savings you will make over the German machine. There will be a three tiered range, the Standard car at £52,900, the GT-R premium edition at £54,200 and the GT-R Black edition topping of the range at £55,500.
The Premium Edition brings automatic headlamps and digital Bose® audio system. The Black Edition has exclusive Kuro black paint, gunmetal grey alloy wheels and black leather and Pearlsuede interior with red leather highlights. Nissan blames the delay in European launch (they don’t arrive until April 2009) on the build process being labour intensive, holding back global output to a 1000 vehicles per month.
As this is no ordinary Nissan, it will only be sold through ten select High Performance Centres throughout the UK. Complimentary collection and delivery service and a Unique Concierge Services Management programme will ensure the GT-R owner feels special.
Essentially the mechanical spec will remain unchanged so expect 480ps, 588Nm of torque, 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and a Vmax of 190+mph. See below for full specification.